Logan Scott (University of California)
Taking on cross-town rivals Alameda Merchants, the Neptune Beach Pearl hosted their second home doubleheader June 17th looking for a win over their neighbors.
Game one saw right hander Will Anderson (Fresno State) take the mound and pitch five solid innings, giving up the only run in the third. Right hander Steven Swift (University of Washington) came in for the 6th and stayed for three innings, striking out three, before making way for right hander Matt Evanoff (University of California) who pitched a 1-2-3 inning in the ninth to keep the game moving forward. Right hander Logan Scott (University of California) came in for the 12th and kept the Merchants from putting any more runs on the board and picked up the win.
The Pearl was unable to do much offensively until the eighth when third baseman Bob Cruikshank (University of San Francisco) smacked in an RBI double to score right fielder Gary Detwiler (Sonoma State) to make the game 1-1. The score remained tied, going into extra innings, until second baseman Jeff Boulware (Sonoma State) hit an RBI single in the 13th. From there, the Pearl picked up three more runs to end the game 5-2.
After a short break, the teams were back in action as right hander Kyle Hassna (San Jose State) started the game off for the Pearl. The offense got to work early as designated hitter Oscar Aguirre (Florida International) hit a sacrifice fly to score catcher Roger Boulden (Chico State) to give the Pearl a 1-0 lead. First baseman Blake Bass (Texas Tech) came up big in the second with an RBI single to make it 2-1, and the Pearl picked up one more in the fifth to seal the final score at 3-1, sweeping the Merchants.
The Pearl’s season record now stands at 12-2 through the summer. They continue play June 20th against the San Francisco Seals at Laney College at 6 pm before hitting the road to face the Redding Colt 45s and the Southern Oregon River Dawgs.